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Visa on Arrival in Entebbe + Addis

Hi -
I understand that you can get a tourist visa on arrival at Entebbe airport (Uganda) as well as the Addis airport (Ethiopia) Does anyone have any recent updates about how long this process takes and what they need from me(U.S. Citizen?) There are varying reports on the web.


by [an unverified member] at 2007-07-08 21:00:35 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) brooklyn , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

for Addis, 20 dollars (from memory) and a passport, it takes no time really just fill in an arrival slip and go to the desk. P

by Paul Blandford | 09 Jul 2007 06:07 | in a bar in Addias, Ethiopia | | Report spam→
Hi Matt, you can get a Ugandan toursit visa upon arrival at the EBB airport. It’s is now a whooping 50 USD for a single entry, 3 months, or one month. If yuo want a multiple visa you can only get them at Ugandan Embassies abroad, or the immigration here but the latter one is a tricky one.

You don’t need anything being an American, to the best of my knowledge. You will just fill out the immigration card you will be given on the plane, your passport, your money, and your patience when you wait in line.

When are you coming btw?

by [former member] | 09 Jul 2007 13:07 | Kampala, Uganda | | Report spam→

Do you know when the price jumped to $50 USD? In May it was still $30 USD..

Must be the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) coming up in the fall..


The process at Entebbe is easy. Fill out form on plane, stand in line, mind the drug/bomb sniffing german shepherds, smile at the guy behind the counter, answer his questions, say ‘tourist’ at the appropriate time, tell him how beautiful you think the country is, hand him the $30 USD (or $50 as now may be the case).

Then proceed to grab your bags (which by now are completely slobbered on by the aforementioned dogs) and get yourself a taxi! (they’ll probably ask for $50 USD. You should try to carry a few thousand shillings on you into the country, and haggle them for 35-40,000 ushs or less if you are heading to Kampala. It beats shelling out $50 USD.

NOTE: The USD bills you give to the visa guy must be newer than 2001. In fact, ANYWHERE in Uganda, people like you more if you give bills newer than 2001. Also note that you should hand the guy at the visa counter exactly $30/$50. You might not get change if you hand him a crisp $100 note. If you do get change, check to make sure it isn’t fake.


by Daniel Hayduk | 09 Jul 2007 14:07 | Hamilton, Canada | | Report spam→
Matt, Paul has answered for Addis already. tourist visa, 3 months single entry. Paul, we should go get drinks, its getting embarrassing now!!!!!
Matt, if you have time you can send yhour passport to the ethiopian embassy in DC and you can get for around 100 usd a multiple entry, business visa valide for up to two years. cant beat that.
with a business visa you ll be able to get accredited wikth the ministry of information, a requirement that you might need if hyou re gonna talk with some local NGOS. the ethio embassy in DC is pretty fast.

by [former member] | 09 Jul 2007 14:07 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Daniel, I came in yesterday and it’s the new price since this month I think, I know that in May it was still 30 USD! Its’ the CHOGUM alright, as well as the new aiport, the new roads, the new everything that maybe ready on time.

The arrivals bit of the airport is a new temporary make shift airport until the old one becomes new again in September I was told…hhhmmmm….
Change some money at the airport. The rate for the $ is bad and getting worse. Yesterday was 1550 UGX to the dollar. Nothing much you can do. Also if you get a torn note, or just crappy one ask for a better one. And check your money everynow and again, coz there is a alot of fake notes going about.

Your taxi ride to Kampala should not be more than 55 000 UGX. Insist on that. They wil say all sorts of stories about fuel, etc…no more than than 55 000, so anywhere between 45 – 55 you are good. 35 000 is too little I think Daniel.

As Daniel said, make sure all dollars are post 2001 for anything you pay in dollars in Uganda. If you bring dollars before that date they will not be accepted. And do have some small notes in dollars, but the majority bring in 100 and 50, coz if you change smaller notes you get even worse rate. If you can bring some euros or even british pounds, you get a better exchange rate, but even them are suffering but not to the point of the dollar.

Within K’la you can change at any major bank or exchange places. There are a couple that are good and they won’t mess with you and they are in Garden City. If you are planning to travel in smaller towns in the country, change your money before your trip and make sure that you carry small notes, 10 000, 5000 and 1000. It makes your life easier rather than waiting for change that they might not have…

If you are planning to get a SIM card, get an MTN it has a better coverage.

What will you be doing in Uganda?


by [former member] | 09 Jul 2007 15:07 | Kampala, Uganda | | Report spam→
I’ll be heading in on the 19th. My air tix from Dubai actually stop at Addis, so I will have to hope for the best that I can stay on the flight, which continues on to Entebbe. Otherwise it will be a very expensive (and long) flight via Nairobi on Kenya air. Thanks for the visa update & taxi tips.

Haris- My wife is researching a book about women’s reproductive rights (mostly in Kenya and Ethiopia, but we decided to meet up in Kampala), and I am involved in a fund raising effort for a group called Hope North (photos, website, logo, etc…). Send me an email at matt@ipcardesign.com if you want to meet up for dinner or drinks sometime from the 19th through the 24th or 25th. Next stop Addis..


by [unverified member] | 15 Jul 2007 20:07 | brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→

Are you flying Emirates? If so, you probably will not be getting off of the plane. Even if it breaks it’s landing gear upon landing in Addis and needs a few hours of repair. Ask me how I know, haha…


by Daniel Hayduk | 15 Jul 2007 20:07 | Hamilton, Canada | | Report spam→
Yup Emirates. That would be rad, as long as it continues on to Entebbe.

Are the flights usually crowded? I am calculating (hopefully) that someone won’t show up, change their plans and there will be a seat for me on the ADD>EBB leg.

by [unverified member] | 15 Jul 2007 20:07 | san francisco, Afghanistan | | Report spam→

On Emirates you will keep the same seat you had on the Dubai to Addis leg. You are allowed to get up, stretch, wander about on the plane for a while as Addis bound passengers disembark. People also board the flight at Addis.

Generally the plane empties slightly after Addis I experienced.


by Daniel Hayduk | 15 Jul 2007 21:07 | Hamilton, Canada | | Report spam→
I just got back from Ethiopia/Somalia. Probably too late for you, but I thought I’d mention that Ethiopian visas can also be obtained at the consulate in NYC pretty easily. I got a 2 year multiple-entry back in May. Looks like the airport one is $40 according to the website, and that lines up with what I remember the sign saying at the airport.


While on the topic of money: Ethiopia seems to have an exclusive contract with Visa. This includes credit cards and ATMs. From what I could determine, a Mastercard ATM card is not accepted anywhere in Addis except the Union(?) bank in the Hilton, but they charge %6 and their machine was broken as of a couple weeks ago. My Citibank ATM card was useless.

by Chris Comerford | 18 Jul 2007 21:07 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→

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